Protesters in Melbourne   urge the Australian government not to send 267 people – including 37 babies born in Australia – back to immigration detention in Nauru, 3,000km away. Photograph: Chris Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia’s ambivalence over asylum seekers is dominating headlines again, with churches, writers and thousands of ordinary citizens calling on the go(...)

Celebrated South African author and outspoken critic of apartheid André Brink has died aged 79. Photograph: Benoit Sneessens/AFP/Getty Images

André Brink, a towering South African literary presence for decades whose work in English and Afrikaans fell afoul of apartheid-era censors, died Frid(...)

The duchess of Cornwall speaks at the awards dinner for the 2014 Man Booker Prize at the Guildhall in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

THE OPENING LINES 1. “He should have seen it coming.” 2. “Two former lovers of Molly Lane stood waiting outside the crematorium chapel with(...)

Edward Snowden, “the fugitive whistleblower who brought the all-seeing eye of the American government’s National Security Agency to public attention”. Photograph: AP Photo/the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras

The year 2013 may well be looked back on as a year when people around the world became truly aware of the extent to which digital technology, data tra(...)